With Landrieu’s departure, the Democrats will have no more senators from the Deep South, and I say good. Forget about it. Forget about the whole fetid place. Write it off. Let the GOP have it and run it and turn it into Free-Market Jesus Paradise. The Democrats don’t need it anyway.— Michael Tomasky, writing in the Daily Beast.
I’ll be very, very honest with you: The South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.
— Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), in an interview with NBC News.
That’s right. I let him get his own publicity.
— Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), quoted by Politico, noting that he doesn’t ever mention challenger Chris McDaniel (R) by name.
Senator Rand Paul is always good for a laugh,
But hiring a white supremacist was a gaff.
Paul’s a fervent libertarian,
And quite the contrarian,
But even he can’t have a “Southern Avenger” on staff.
In private discussions, Republicans in the South talk explicitly about their goal of turning the Democratic Party into a black party, and in many Southern states they have succeeded. African-American legislators make up the majority of state House and Senate Democratic caucuses in most of the Southern states.
— Thomas Edsall, writing in the New York Times Opinionator Blog.
South Carolina’s finest Democratic brains
Alvin Greene’s primary victory maintained.
Which caused Greene to emote,
“If nominated, I’ll vote,
“But if elected, I will not campaign!”